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Re: Reinventing the Hurd server bootstrap

From: Samuel Thibault
Subject: Re: Reinventing the Hurd server bootstrap
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:22:35 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21+34 (58baf7c9f32f) (2010-12-30)


This seems very nice to me.  I've always thought that the obscure lines
we have to put in grub to be able to boot a hurd system were hurting
us: they make it difficult to boot into a hurd system by hand when in
boot-hosed mode, making the Hurd look complex, and not really helping
with hacking about it. Ideally, we could give gnumach a kernel command
line option to automatically add the standard options to the modules
(with convention that task0 is bootshell, task1 is bootscript, task2 is
/ FS). That way we'd have an easy way to boot a hurd system from grub,
which I think can only help over time, and make the system look simpler
(make the usual case simple). Also, loading ld.so for the exec task
looked to me both hackish and indeed has posed problems for booting the
installation CD and such.

Now, it seems that the .scm scripts could be made even more simple: it'd
be good to factorize the usual case, so that it is simple to read and
hack on.


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